Today: Rainbow Drawers.
This is one of the simplest, as well as one of the most marvelous, tools of organization we have for our school area. They are beneficial because it is something useful for both my kids and myself. How we use them is pretty simple, yet very effective for us. (To read about some of my other favorite organization tools, click here.)
The rainbow drawers serve two purposes for me. The first helps me keep clutter off my desk (very much needed). The second is that the drawers give me an easy, organized, presentable way to deliver those papers to my children.
The top two drawers are for Builder to keep essentials such as notepads, slate board, spirals, etc. Princess has the next two drawers. The proceeding drawers are labeled by subject areas, with some drawers sharing similar subjects. Since I use Sunday afternoon as my prep time for the week, I make sure to print and gather everything needed for each lesson/activity. If those items were to stay on my desk, it would be a nightmare. So, after printing and gathering, I place the materials in their designated drawer.
Princess’s work is still very theme based, so it is difficult to split her items into subjects. Because of this, I have been placing all her materials in the second of her pink drawers. This has been working well, and many times she will dig into whatever sheet is next in her drawer.
For Builder, his daily list will have an asterik beside any subject that has something printed or gathered for the lesson/activity. As he is working through his list, he knows when to look in a drawer to complete an assignment.
For a while after we purchased the drawers, they sat empty and unused. I tried this and that, until we found this system that is working for now. I know this will shift and change as Princess progresses and our needs change. As for now, this is our system, and we’re sticking to it!
Your Turn to Play – How do you organize all those pesky papers for upcoming lessons?